Sunday, December 19, 2010

Cudjoe Kazoola Lewis, from the Slave Ship "The Clotilde" / "The Clotilda".

Cudjoe Kazoola Lewis was bought as a slave on the last slave ship to enter Mobile, Alabama ("The Clotilde" / "The Clotilda" entered the port illegally under cover of darkness, on July 8th, 1860). Cudjoe was the last slave from that shipment to die in Mobile, Alabama and passed away on July 29th, 1935.  He had his wake held at Union Baptist Church at 1pm that day. He estimated his date of birth to have been approx. 1840 / 1841 and was from what is now the Nation of BENIN, of a sub tribe of the Yoruba people. He left many descendants here in Mobile, Alabama who still honor his memory. The photo on the left is of Cudjoe and another Clotide slave named Abache and was taken in the 1910's, in Africa Town, Alabama.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

United Confederate Veterans Souvenir Reunion Medal, Mobile, Alabama 1910.


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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Letter Z, Mobile, Alabama City Directory, 1866.

The following 10 individuals are the only listed under the Letter Z, in the Mobile City Directory for 1866,(no 1st names are listed for any of them).

1) Zadek, E. O. - Watches and Jewelry (F. Bromberg), Residence 46 Dauphin Street 
2) Zantzinger, L. F. - Agent and Broker, 16 St. Michael Street
3) Zapt, C. - Shoemaker, 63 Mon (I have to find what exact Street that was and what the abbr. stood for) 
4) Zarga, E. - Cigar Maker, North Side, St. Louis and West Joachim Streets
5) Zea, A. D. - Spanish Consul, 4 North Commerce Street
6) Zepernick, C. - Firm of Daniel and Z., Residence 48 South Cedar Street
7) Zimern, J. - Firm of Hirshfield and Zimern (no adress listed)
8) Zimmermann, J. - Residence 97 South Royal
9) Zuechting, A. - Painter, Residence West Side Jefferson and South Massachusetts
10) Zweiniger, G. - Furniture Dealer at Zweitniger and Bitzer 193 Dauphin Street, Residence 85 South Dearborn Street Curious about what the future holds? Click here to find out how you can receive a 10 minute psychic reading from Psychic Source.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Antonio Espejo (died 1805), Spanish Colonial Mobile, Alabama 1780-1813.

Antonio Espejo was the son of Bartolo Espejo, of Malaga, Spain. There is little known about his background, his age, or when exactly he arrived, in Mobile. He worked as a Royal Carpenter, at Spanish, Fort Confederation (Fort Tombigbee), in Alabama. He arrived in Mobile and married Catalina Plock (also found as Block, born April 17th, 1781-died September 9th, 1862). Antonio received land grants, in Mobile and the County. He died, in the Yellow Fever outbreak, of 1805 and was buried at the Spanish Cemetery, in downtown Mobile, Campo Santo. His body doesn’t seem to have dis-intered and moved to Church Street Cemetery when it opened. He had children with Catalina but the surname “daughtered out”. His descendant’s include member’s, of the Tankersley and Ingersoll families, of Mobile, Alabama. Catalina Espejo re-married after he passed away and is buried at the Tankersley Lot, in Church Street Cemetery, in downtown Mobile.
Espejo Street, in Mobile, is named after Antonio Espejo and Catherine Street was named after his wife Catalina (Catalina is Spanish, for Catherine). The surname Espejo is properly pronounced Es-Peh-Hoe, the J is pronounced like H, in English, not how some in Mobile pronounce it, Es-Peh-Joe or Es-Pee-Joe. Curious about what the future holds? Click here to find out how you can receive a 10 minute psychic reading from Psychic Source.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sephardic Jewish Grave in Church Street Cemetery, Mobile, Alabama.

The following child is buried at Church Street Cemetery, his parent's were of Sephardic Jewish descent.
The Grave Stone reads > Isaac DaCosta Cantor, son of Ralph and Sarah Cantor, who departed this life May 26th, 1835, aged 3 years, 11 months. "Whom GOD Loves, Die Young". Curious about what the future holds? Click here to find out how you can receive a 10 minute psychic reading from Psychic Source.

Monday, June 14, 2010

British Colonial Governors of British West Florida, which included Mobile, Alabama, 1763-1780.

The following were the British Colonial Governors of West Florida, which included Mobile, Alabama between 1763 and 1780. The Capital of British West Florida was located at Pensacola, Florida. The British ruled Mobile, Alabama until Spanish Forces under General Bernardo De Galvez captured the City, in 1780.

1) George Johnstone - 1763-1767
2) Montfort Browne - 1767-1769
3) John Eliot - 1769-1769
4) Elias Durnford - 1769-1770
5) Peter Chester - 1770-1780 (1781 in Pensacola). Curious about what the future holds? Click here to find out how you can receive a 10 minute psychic reading from Psychic Source.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Legend of Miguel Eslava (1740-1823) and His Tomb, in Church Street Cemetery, in Mobile, Alabama // La Leyenda de la Tumba de Miguel Eslava (1740-1823) en el Cementerio Church Street, en Mobile, Alabama.

The only Spanish Colonial legend connected to money, the Spanish and Mobile, takes us to the tomb at Church Street Cemetery, of Miguel Eslava, not because he was buried with any money, he wasn’t. Miguel was Royal Treasurer, for the King of Spain here, in Mobile and collected all the taxes.
The tradition has it that anyone who needs good luck in business or any other money making activity needs to “pay him, his taxes” and the Eslava Tomb, to this day can usually be found covered in pennies and other coins, (including Mardi Gras Doubloons) for good luck, so if you are having financial problem's of any kind stop by the Eslava Tomb and "pay" Miguel Eslava his "taxes".
The legend also says that anyone caught stealing any of the pennies left at the tomb, will be cursed in business and in any money making activity and eventually face financial ruin, until the pennies or other coins, are returned. If you visit the Eslava Tomb, just leave Miguel Eslava and his pennies alone. The majority of people have enough problems with the living, on this earth, without having to go out of their way to upset or annoy the dead. Curious about what the future holds? Click here to find out how you can receive a 10 minute psychic reading from Psychic Source.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Ben May Library, Downtown Mobile, Alabama.

The Ben May Library in downtown Mobile, is named after philanthropist Ben May (1889-1972). He was the Founder and President of  The Gulf Lumber Company and served as a Director of The First National Bank of Mobile and of Morrison's Cafeterias. He also funded Alexander Fleming who discovered Penicillin (and won a Nobel Prize) and he founded The Ben May Institute for Cancer Research in Chicago, Illinois. The Ben May Charitable Trust donated $1,000,000 to help in the renovation of the main library and it was named in his honor on March 23rd, 2004.   Curious about what the future holds? Click here to find out how you can receive a 10 minute psychic reading from Psychic Source.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Letter Q, Mobile, Alabama City Directory 1837.

The following individuals were the only listed under the letter Q, in the 1837 Mobile, Alabama City Directory.

1) Quarles, (Doctor) Benjamin - Corner Warren and St. Francis

2) Quigley, Daniel - Bricklayer (no house listed)

3) Quinn, James - Boarding House, Corner of Jackson and Monroe

4 and 5) Quinn, Mathew and Patrick - Porter House, St. Michael between St. Joachim and Conception

6) Quinlan, James - Boarding House, Corner Jackson and Monroe Curious about what the future holds? Click here to find out how you can receive a 10 minute psychic reading from Psychic Source.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Letter Y, Mobile, Alabama City Directory 1837.

The following were the only individual's and businesses listed under the letter Y in the 1837 Mobile, Alabama City Directory.

1) Yates, Richard - Theatre Coffee House, 85 Government Street

2) Yancy, William - Firm of Cypart and Yancy, corner Commerce and Government

3) Young and Altmeyer - Cabinet Warehouse, 41 Water Street, L. Young and Anthony Altmeyer

4) Young, Joseph - BookKeeper, 45 Water Street

5) York, Agnes P. and Eliza A. - 22 Cedar Street

6) Yuille, Gavin - Bakery, 25 Conti Street and 118 Dauphin Street

Friday, May 21, 2010

Letter Z, Mobile, Alabama City Directory, 1837.

The two following entires were the only names listed under the letter Z, in the Mobile City Directory, for 1837.

1) Zunts, James - 10 Joseph Street

2) Zaratin and Boda - Coffee House, 15 North Water Street, Corner of St. Anthony (owners were Mathew Zaratin and Nicholas Boda). Curious about what the future holds? Click here to find out how you can receive a 10 minute psychic reading from Psychic Source.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Population of Mobile, Alabama, Federal Census of 1860.

The Federal Census of 1860 listed the population of Mobile, Alabama at 29,258 individual's.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Mayor's of Mobile, Alabama 1877 to 1900 (Part 7).

32) George G. Duffee 1877- 1879
33) Richard B. Owen 1879 - 1888
34) Joseph C. Rich 1888 - 1894
35) Constantine L. Lavretta 1894 - 1897
36) John Curtis Bush 1897 - 1900 (was Mayor during the
Spanish-American War, in 1898.) Curious about what the future holds? Click here to find out how you can receive a 10 minute psychic reading from Psychic Source.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Spanish Consul and Consulate in Mobile, Alabama 1866.

The Spanish Consulate in 1866 was located upstairs at 4 North Commerce Street. The Spanish Consul was A. D. Zea (if you know what the first or middle initial's stand for please send me an email).  Curious about what the future holds? Click here to find out how you can receive a 10 minute psychic reading from Psychic Source.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Mobile, Alabama Population, 1890 Federal Census.

The total population of Mobile, Alabama was 31,076 people, as per the 1890 Federal Census.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Foreign Consul's in Mobile, Alabama 1861, Confederate Mobile, Alabama (War Between The States / Civil War).

The following were the Foreign Consul's who were serving in Mobile, Alabama during the first year of the War Between The States / Civil War :
1) Austria - J. E. Dumont
2) Belgium - H. V. H. Voorhies
3) France - N. G. Porter
4) Great Britain - Charles Tulin
5) Hamburg - H. A. Schoeder
6) Mexico and Portugal - Charles LeBaron
7) Netherlands - J. J. Van Wanroy
8) Russia - Joseph E. Murrell
9) Sardinia - Louis Oscar Townsley
10) Spain - Joaquin G. Miranda (Consul), A. Perez (Vice Consul)
11) Sweden / Norway - Reinhold Westfeldt
12) Switzerland - A. Piaget Curious about what the future holds? Click here to find out how you can receive a 10 minute psychic reading from Psychic Source.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Foreign Consul's in Mobile, Alabama 1856.

Great Britain - William M. Dyer
Russia - Joseph E. Murrell
Spain - M. D. Cruzat
Netherlands - J. J. Wanroy
Mexico and Portugal - Charles L. LeBaron
Sweden and Norway - R. Westfeldt
France - A. S. Dumee
Austria - Joseph Dumont
Hamburg - E. R. Bell
Belgium - Charles Auze
Sardinia - George Aite
Tuscany - Gavini (no 1st name listed or found) Curious about what the future holds? Click here to find out how you can receive a 10 minute psychic reading from Psychic Source.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Miguel Eslava 1740-1823: The Eslava Family in Mobile, Alabama, Spanish Colonial Mobile 1780-1813 // Miguel Eslava 1740-1823 y la Familia Eslava en Mobile, Alabama, durante la epoca Colonial Espanola en Mobile 1780-1813.

The Eslava family originated in Alabama, with Miguel Deciderio Eslava (born 1740, San Sebastian, Spain, died September 17th, 1823), son of Tomas De Eslava and Maria Giron. He served in the Office of The Royal Treasurer at Mexico City, and in 1782 was transfered to Natchez, Mississippi, then a Spanish possession, where he purchased a home and land. He was retransfered to Mobile, in 1784, where he served as Royal Treasurer and Custom's Collector. Miguel served in the Spanish Colonial Militia and by 1802, had reached the rank, of Captain. He was described while living as a "tall soldierly man, without a beard and with auburn hair". He was fluent in Spanish, French, English and the Native American Mobilian Trade Jargon. These 4 languages we know he spoke because we have written record's attesting to the fact but although born in the Basque Country of Spain, there is no record of him being able to speak Basque or any mention of him ever using the language, so perhap's he did or perhap's he didn't, one thing is for certain, he seem's to have had a "gift" for learning various languages, so the possibility is very strong that in the least he was a "passive bilingual" or a semi-speaker of Basque, as both his parent's were of Basque origin.
He eventually became a large landowner, in Alabama and married Hypolite Francoise Alexandre (born 1767, died January 30th, 1849), daughter of Jean Baptiste Alexandre Jr. (born 1734, son of Jean Baptiste Alexandre Sr. and Francoise Hypolite Baudin, 1716-1744) and Catalina Angelica Loisel (daughter of Pierre Paul Loisel and Marie De Nial).
Eslava Street, Eslava Lane, Eslava Creek, Eslava Creek Parkway, in Mobile, are all named after this family, as are Eslava Drive, in Foley, Alabama and Eslava Circle, in Lillian, Alabama. The Eslava surname originated in the Village of Eslava, Navarra, Spain and is Basque, in origin. Miguel and Hypolite are both buried in Church Street Cemetery, in the famous Eslava Tomb, in downtown Mobile, Alabama.
The Spanish Colonial Period, in Alabama left many imprint's, on Mobile and Baldwin Counties, including a handfull, of legend's, one of which deals specifically, with Miguel Eslava. I will soon write about "The Legend of Miguel Eslava's Tomb", in a subsequent post, so come visit the Blog soon. //// There are many descendant's of Miguel and Hypolite in Mobile and Baldwin Counties both with the name Eslava and those who "daughtered out" the name, as well as other location's along the Gulf Coast and the United States. There are also collateral descendant's of Miguel Eslava via his family, in both Spain and Cuba (and among Cuban Exiles). Curious about what the future holds? Click here to find out how you can receive a 10 minute psychic reading from Psychic Source.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Mayor's of Mobile, Alabama 1865-1877 (Part 6).

28) Jones Mitchell Withers - 1866-1867
29) Gustavus Horton - 1867-1868
30) Caleb Price - 1868-1870
31) George F. Harrington - 1870-1871
32) Martin Horst - 1871-1872
33) Gideon M. Parker - 1872-1873
34) Cleveland F. Moulton - 1873-1874
35) John Reid Jr.- 1874 (elected but never took office)
36) Alphonse Hurtel - 1875-1877 (died in office) Curious about what the future holds? Click here to find out how you can receive a 10 minute psychic reading from Psychic Source.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Mobile Fire Department, Chief and Assistant Chief in 1898.

The Mobile Fire Department was organized in 1889. The Chief and Asssistant Chief in 1898 were :
1) Mathew Sloan - Chief Engineer and Fire Warden
2) Thomas Price - Assistant Chief Engineer
The Fire Department Office was located at #6 St. Joseph Street. Curious about what the future holds? Click here to find out how you can receive a 10 minute psychic reading from Psychic Source.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Mobile, Alabama City Directory, 1861, Surname Perez

There were only 3 men surnamed Perez listed in the Mobile City Directory for 1861, their last names were incorrectly listed as Peres, in the Directory. They are listed as follow's :

1) Alonso Perez Jr. - Commission Merchant and Spanish Vice Consul, 61 North Water Street (Up Stairs)

2) D. Perez - Barber, Residence 278 Dauphin Street

3) Stephen Perez - Fruit Dealer, North Front and 28 Vegetable Market, Residence 50 Government Street Curious about what the future holds? Click here to find out how you can receive a 10 minute psychic reading from Psychic Source.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Mayor's of Mobile, Alabama 1836-1860 (Part 4).

15) George Washington Owen - 1836-1837 (died in Office)
16) George Walton - 1837-1839
17) Henry Chamberlain - 1839-1840
18) Edward Hall - 1840-1842
19) Charles H. Hoppin - 1842-1845
20) Blanton McAlpine - 1845-1847
21) J.W.L. Childers -1847-1848
22) Charles C. Langdon - 1848-1851
23) Joseph Seawell - 1851-1852
24) Charles C. Langdon - 1852-1855
25) Jones Mitchell Withers - 1855-1860 Curious about what the future holds? Click here to find out how you can receive a 10 minute psychic reading from Psychic Source.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Charles LeBaron, Mexican Consul and Consulate in Mobile, Alabama 1861.

The Mexican Consulate in Mobile, Alabama in 1861 was located on the 2nd Floor, 14th South Commerce Street. The Mexican Consul was Charles LeBaron, who was a local business man with ties to Central America. Curious about what the future holds? Click here to find out how you can receive a 10 minute psychic reading from Psychic Source.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Saturday, February 20, 2010

First Mayor's (President's) of Mobile, Alabama 1814 to 1819 (Part 1).

The first Mayor's of Mobile, Alabama were called "President's", as they were President's of the Excecutive Council which ran the City (the term Mayor was not offically used until 1819). They were :
1) James Innerarity- 1814-1815
2) Lewis Judson- 1815-1816
3) James Innerarity- 1816-1817
4) Daniel Duvol- 1817-1818
5) Samuel H. Garrow- 1818-1819 Curious about what the future holds? Click here to find out how you can receive a 10 minute psychic reading from Psychic Source.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Welcome // Bienvenidos

Welcome to the History of Mobile, Alabama Blog. We will be posting on a regular basis so visit us often.